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50% water changes EI dosing

I started doing EI Dosing. Should I be using Ro/Di water? Because after my 50% water change my tank gets a little cloudy. Could the tap water be killing my Beneficial bacteria?
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I just refill with tap water and every time I do my tank it looks kinda cloudy but that is just the micro air bubbles in the tap water and it clears up in about 1/2 day. Do you use a declorinator like prime?


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Yes I use prime for all my water changes.
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Not sure why but my hot tap water from upstairs is cloudy but crystal clear downstairs. Is it cloudy from all taps?
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Yes I use prime for all my water changes.
Reason I asked is because not using a dechlorinator will definitely kill off your bb. So if you are then I don't see why your bb would be affected.


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Generally, tap water has dissolved gasses in it due to it being under pressure in the pipes. This quickly de-gasses when exposed to normal room pressure. Nothing to worry about.

I use RO water for other reasons,(my tap water varies in chemistry from week to week). I can say that it is more hassle getting the minerals added back into the water and it is more expensive and a pain in the butt if you do not have your own RO system because you have to buy water and lug it home.
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Adding minerals to RO water

My 135-gallon planted tank has only been set up for three months. I do a 20-gallon water change with RO water every four days. I do not use true EI dosing but I do add fertilizers daily. I do not have any nutrient deficiencies at this time but wonder if calcium or magnesium could be future issues.

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Generally, tap water has dissolved gasses in it due to it being under pressure in the pipes. This quickly de-gasses when exposed to normal room pressure. Nothing to worry about.

I use RO water for other reasons,(my tap water varies in chemistry from week to week). I can say that it is more hassle getting the minerals added back into the water and it is more expensive and a pain in the butt if you do not have your own RO system because you have to buy water and lug it home.
Bump: It depends on the quality of your tap water. If your water source is 300 ppm TDS, you could eventually reach toxic levels to some plants and certainly shrimp.

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I started doing EI Dosing. Should I be using Ro/Di water? Because after my 50% water change my tank gets a little cloudy. Could the tap water be killing my Beneficial bacteria?
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How long does the cloudy water hang around for after a WC? Is it hours or days or weeks?
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